Democratic Republic of the Congo, Black Sea Grain Initiative & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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27-Jul-2022 01:15:03
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General strongly condemned yesterday’s fatal attack on peacekeepers serving in the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Butembo, in the province of North Kivu.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that it is concerned about a recent string of attacks on civilians – this time in the province of Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) was officially inaugurated today in Istanbul, with representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Türkiye and the United Nations. The JCC will facilitate the implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative to establish a humanitarian maritime corridor to allow ships to export grain and related foodstuffs from Ukraine.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, is continuing to meet key stakeholders in Mali to discuss the renewal of the peacekeeping mission’s mandate as well as a strategic review, requested by the Security Council.

In the Philippines, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous province of Abra in northern Luzon today, triggering landslides and the collapse of several structures.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that Pakistan has received 60 percent of total normal monsoon rainfall in just three weeks since the start of the monsoon season. Heavy rains have resulted in flash floods and landslides across Pakistan, including in urban areas.

Yesterday afternoon, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, briefed the Security Council on the situation in that country.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today condemned the attack which happened last Friday in Mayom County in Unity State, which resulted in the death of several people including the Mayom County Commissioner.

This afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Montreal, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will release its Global AIDS Update for this year ahead of the opening of the International AIDS Conference.

Tomorrow, the noon briefing guest will be Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

The guest at the noon briefing was Khassim Diagne, the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who spoke to reporters on the latest developments in the country.

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